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Ten EU countries demand net-zero goal

Thursday - Ministers from 10 EU countries have urged the European Commission to chart a “credible and detailed” path towards net-zero emissions in 2050, ahead of the launch of a landmark climate strategy next week.

Hungary wants end to coal power by 2030

Wednesday - Hungary is eyeing an end to coal-fired power generation by 2030, in a move that could shake the EU region most staunchly opposed to tougher climate change measures.

Europe could face migration chaos, says Kerry

Tuesday - Europe faces deeper political turmoil and the possibility of mass migration from Africa unless the world urgently addresses the threat of climate change, says former US secretary of state John Kerry.

France acts to ban deforestation imports

16 Nov 18 - France intends to stop importing soy, palm oil, beef, wood and other products linked to deforestation and unsustainable agriculture by 2030, shooting ahead of the rest of the EU.

Carmakers slam new Spanish climate law

16 Nov 18 - The Spanish car lobby has hit back at the draft of the country’s first climate law published this week, which proposes to ban the sale and registration of lighter diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040.

Venice flooding is getting worse

15 Nov 18 - The spectacular centrepiece of Venice, St Mark’s Square, now floods more than 60 times a year, up from four times a year in 1900.

EU states call for tough action on deforestation

14 Nov 18 - The UK, France and Germany have called on the European Commission to launch tough new action to halt deforestation by the end of the year.


Can Teresa Ribera transform Spain?

Teresa Ribera

14 Nov 18 - In recent years, Spain has been a graveyard for climate-friendly policies. But there are signs the dead may be twitching back to life.

Germany pours money into EV battery ventures

12 Nov 18 - Germany has earmarked one billion euros to support a consortium looking to produce electric car battery cells and plans to fund a research facility to develop next-generation solid-state batteries.

Ministers call for transparency in climate finance

7 Nov 18 - EU economy and finance ministers have stressed the need to scale up public and private money for climate change.

Investors challenge 55 companies on climate lobbying

31 Oct 18 - Five weeks before a pivotal UN climate conference starts, a group of investors, led by the Church of England Pensions Board and the Swedish national pension fund, has sent a letter to 55 companies to...

Polish utility sued over financial risk of coal plant

31 Oct 18 - Activist shareholders have filed a climate lawsuit against utility Enea over a planned €1.2 billion coal plant in north-east Poland.

Spain to close most coalmines in $400m deal

29 Oct 18 - Spain is to shut down most of its coalmines by the end of the year after government and unions struck a deal that will mean €250m ($NZ430m) will be invested in mining regions over the next decade.

Brexit and Germany erode EU climate resolve

25 Oct 18 - Britain is leaving, Germany is wobbling and talks on EU emissions cuts are tipping in favour of the bloc’s more reticent countries, according to diplomatic sourcese following climate files in...

Russian town besieged by hungry polar bears

23 Oct 18 - A coastal town in the Russian Arctic has been besieged by hungry polar bears who are spending more time on land as sea ice melts due to climate change.

Greens big winners in European elections

18 Oct 18 - The Greens have been the big winners at the weekend elections by attracting new voters in Belgium, Luxembourg and Bavaria.

Change ‘laboratories’ open up in EU

18 Oct 18 - Stark warnings from the United Nations ahead of a make-or-break summit in Poland in December have propelled climate change up the political agenda in Europe.

‘Disappointed’ EU ministers agree on CO2 cuts

12 Oct 18 - Some EU environment ministers admitted they were disappointed with the outcome after they voted to agree on a 35 per cent cut in car and van CO2 emission for 2030.

Dutch court shoots down government appeal

11 Oct 18 - The Dutch government must stick to a tougher climate target, after an appeals judge upheld a historic court ruling.


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